Postdoc News

2021 L'Oreal Science Fellows Annouced

November 15, 2021

Postdoctoral Scientist Brooke Russell, a member of the Kam-Biu Luk lab, is one of five scientists awarded grants to advance groundbreaking research and encourage the next generation of diverse women to pursue careers in STEM fields. Dr. Russell is helping develop a new technology that promises to revolutionize the study of neutrinos and other subatomic particles.

Today, L'Oréal USA announced the recipients of its 2021 For Women in Science (FWIS) Fellowship, an annual program that awards five female postdoctoral scientists $60,000 grants to advance their research. This year's Fellows...

Berkeley Physics scientists honored with Frontiers of Science Award

July 18, 2023

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Berkeley Physics congratulates Physics faculty members Ehud Altman and Geoff Penington, along with Physics Postdocs Aavishkar Patel and Tom Rudelius and Physics Graduate Students Erik Aldape and Tessa Cookmeyer for their achievements in Condensed Matter Physics and Theoretical Physics.

They have been recognized with a Frontiers of Science Award at the Inaugural...

Adrian van Kan Receives APS Dissertation Award

November 28, 2022

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Berkeley Physics congratulates Adrian van Kan on receiving the 2022 Dissertation Award in Statistical and Nonlinear Physics from the American Physical Society.

Adrian is cited "For outstanding contributions to the understanding of quasi-two dimensional turbulence, demonstrating the presence and nature of phase transitions in such systems using a combination of simulations,...

Berkeley Lab Researchers Record Successful Startup of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Detector

July 7, 2022

Deep below the Black Hills of South Dakota in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), an innovative and uniquely sensitive dark matter detector – the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) – has passed a check-out phase of startup operations and delivered first results.

The take home message from this successful startup: “We’re ready and everything’s looking good,” said Berkeley Lab senior physicist and past LZ spokesperson Kevin Lesko. “It’s a complex detector with many parts to it and they are all functioning well within...

Excitonic Insulators are Created in Moire Superlattices

August 10, 2022

Excitonic Insulators are Created in Moire Superlattices

Excitonic insulators – an exotic type of matter with a ground state comprising bound electron–hole pairs – have been made by two independent research groups. The excitonic insulators were created in layered materials called van der Waals heterostructures and the research could potentially lead to the discovery...

Charles Brown II Receives Chancellor's Award for Civic Engagment

May 20, 2022

Berkeley Physics is delighted to report that postdoctoral associate Charles Brown II has been awarded the 2021-2022 Chancellor's Award for Civic Engagement. This award recognizes Charles for his contributions to the public good outside the scope of his current campus role as a postdoctoral associate at U.C. Berkeley.

Charles included the following in his short speech in acceptance of the award:

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer. As a physicist, part of my life’s work will involve solving mysteries...